Cole impresses Terry

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John Terry has hailed the qualities of Joe Cole as his Chelsea team-mate waits to find out if he will be part of the England squad for the World Cup finals.

Cole is one of those players who went into the two week training camp in Austria fighting to convince Fabio Capello he should be in the final 23 after a mixed season at Stamford Bridge. But he ended the campaign in good form and impressed when introduced as a second half substitute against Japan in Graz on Sunday, first as a second striker behind Wayne Rooney and then in a wide right role.

Former England skipper Terry said: "Joe did very well and personally I'm pleased for him. He was great towards the end of the season for Chelsea as well."

The defender added: "I was delighted to see him in and given a chance. He causes defenders all sorts of problems when he floats in between the midfield and the front men.

"He can see passes too. Look at the ball he played through for Ashley Cole. He made a big impact against Japan and he'll just have to wait and see (if he is selected.)"

Terry insists England have "as good a chance as anybody" of winning the World Cup because of the attention to detail paid by Capello.

And Terry stresses he has no injury worries ahead of the finals in South Africa despite suffering a tight calf in the 2-1 win against Japan.

The Chelsea captain said: "The warm-up games are really all about learning things. The first half against Japan was probably a little bit slow with the tempo we played.

"But the second half was definitely a lot better with the way we pressed, which was something the manager wanted after the previous game against Mexico.

"The attention to detail the manager shows, even after the games, stressing we need to work on a few things, is great. He leaves no stone unturned and, when we go to South Africa, we'll be fully prepared."

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